McCutchen not worried about All-Star voting

McCutchen not worried about All-Star voting

McCutchen not worried about All-Star voting
BALTIMORE -- Andrew McCutchen isn't getting the respect many feel he deserves when it comes to All-Star voting, but he's not letting that bother him.

McCutchen ranked 11th among National League outfielders in the results released on Tuesday afternoon, receiving 728,522 votes. That ranking is a drop from the previous week, when McCutchen ranked 10th.

"If it happens, it happens," McCutchen said. "If it doesn't happen or I don't make it, I just say, 'Oh, OK, that's cool.' You don't want to get your hopes up, even when they say, 'Oh, you're going.' I don't really focus on that. I just focus on what matters. That's trying to win."

The Pirates have certainly been winning, sitting just one game out of first place in the NL Central entering play on Wednesday, and McCutchen has been a huge reason why.

McCutchen's .324 average going into Wednesday's game against the Orioles was third in the Majors among outfielders, and he is the only outfielder other than Milwaukee's Ryan Braun to post double-digit totals in home runs and steals.

Though his numbers have been lofty, his vote count hasn't lived up.

"I really don't get too caught up in it," manager Clint Hurdle said. "I don't think we need to get [overly] serious with it. I don't think anybody needs to throw their hands up. It is what it is."

McCutchen has knocked in 12 runs in June, tied for second in the NL. He has also hit all 11 of his home runs since May 8, tying him for fifth in the Majors over that span.

His overall production, especially his .456 average against left-handed pitching, has him in the early discussion for Most Valuable Player honors.

"That's neat, but we've still got a lot of games left," McCutchen said. "That's cool to hear, that's real neat to hear, but we've still got a long ways to go, and there's still a lot of things that need to be done, and I'm just trying to stay consistent."